Lorraine F. Babcock, age 89, passed away peacefully at her home on January 2, 2019. She was born December 23, 1929 in Lacrosse, Wisconsin the daughter of Walter H. and Clara (Ruud) Fink. She graduated from Beloit Memorial High School. She married Richard Babcock on January 21, 1950 in Beloit.
Lorraine worked as a packager for Dean Foods, retiring in 1990 after 25 years. She loved traveling, watching birds, spending time outside working as well as spending time in Texas during her winters. Most importantly, she loved spending time with her family and friends. Lorraine made her spiritual home at St. James Catholic Church in Belvidere.
Lorraine is survived by her nine children: Patti (Mike)Key, Richard B. (Sue) Babcock, Katherine (Charles) Balmes, Louise Babcock, Philip (Tina) Babcock, Peter (Sherri) Babcock, Therese (Mike) Crookshank; Judy (Rick) Hutchinson; Paul (Christie) Babcock; brother-in-law, Robert (Jean) Babcock; sister-in-law, Beula Fink; as well as 25 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would also like to acknowledge the many foreign exchange students who were part of their family, especially Lonk Guzman from Ecuador.
Lorraine was preceded in death by her husband; parents; son, Charles Babcock; daughter, Mary Frances; granddaughter, Mary Kate; siblings, Robert Fink, Roger Fink, Eloda (Robert) Phelps; and daughter-in-law, Neva Babcock.
Funeral services will be held at St. James Catholic Church, 402 Church Street, Belvidere, on Tuesday January 8, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. A visitation will be held at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut, Belvidere on Monday January 7, 2019 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. with a time of sharing at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be at Highland Garden of Memories.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family to establish a scholarship in Lorraine’s name.
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